Barbados

Monday 9th January – Day 5

Barbados – A Caribbean Adventure

Seabourn Quest arrived in Bridgetown Barbados at 8am this morning. We had booked on a 4×4 safari adventure to the heart of the island and then on to Bathsheba on the Atlantic east coast.

Ten of us boarded the 4×4 open sided jeep . We travelled up to the centre of the island and into the tropical rainforest  – we were warned at time of booking that it would be dusty and bumpy… and weren’t they right!! The forest trails were muddy and deep rutted and without the heavy duty seatbelts I’m sure that some of us would have been tossed out of the jeep.

On route to Bathsheba we stopped at a monkey sanctuary where we were allowed to hold the latest arrivals…two four month old baby monkeys – cute!!

At Bathsheba we stopped for a welcome break and indulged in a rum punch cocktail and nibbles. The shore line here was fantastic and the rocks have been worn away by the relentless pummelling of the Atlantic breakers making for some spectacular toadstool shaped rock formations.

Leaving the east coast we crossed over to the west coast and drove through Holetown passing The Sandy Lane hotel and other five star hotels on that St. James’s coast.

We didn’t quite make it far enough north to Mullins Beach where Vance and I got married four years ago but we did make it back to the ship for our noon cold beer ritual. A great trip but hard on the old bones and bum!!

We spent the afternoon recovering and sunbathing by the pool as by then the temperature had reached 28c (83f). We were noisily roused from our sunbed slumbers by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band who had set up on the pool desk for a medley of Caribbean tunes…whoopee .

Sail away should have been at 4:45pm but was delayed until 6pm as the ship was waiting for a truck of fresh veg to arrive. Guess we’ll be pushing on again tonight to make up the time.

Went to a drinks party in the Observation Bar in the evening before a quiet romantic dinner for two and then as we were feeling the effects of the bumpy excursion it was another early night for us. We still haven’t made it to any of the shows in the Grand Salon…..perhaps next week.

Clocks forward another hour tonight so we’re now only 3 hours behind UK time.